Russian officials risk losing their jobs en masse due to the implementation of the implementation of the new draft law on local self-government (LSG).
As Andrei Loginov, Deputy Minister of Justice, told Kommersant , by 2028 a third of municipal employees — more than 100,000 people — could lose their posts.
The new reform will hit the civil servants of the three federal districts the hardest: the Central, Southern and North Caucasian.
The bill was submitted to the State Duma at the end of last year. The document provides that rural and urban settlements will be deprived of their own governing bodies – heads and deputies.
Instead, it is proposed to create a single-level system of LSG, in which only urban and municipal districts will remain. At the same time, intracity districts are provided for in cities of federal significance.
The reform is planned to be launched in early 2023 and completed by early 2028.
According to the Ministry of Justice, at the end of 2020, 293,000 municipal employees worked in Russia, including 119,000 in local governments of urban districts – the reform will not affect them.
Another 111 thousand people work at the level of municipal districts and districts – their number is planned to be reduced by half. The remaining 60 thousand are employed in local self-government bodies of urban and rural settlements – these rates are planned to be removed completely.
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